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St Michael's Day: 26th May

"We won the league on Merseyside"

A celebration of the 1988-89 league championship decider

See DVD & Videos page to buy DVDs of the match itself or of Fever Pitch
On 26th May 1989 Arsenal went to Liverpool needing a 2-0 win to clinch the title. Because of fixture congestion and the Hillsborough disaster, the fixture had been put back to the end of the season, after Liverpool had won the FA Cup.

This created a unique situation where the 2 teams still in with a chance of the title played each other for it at the end of the season. And let's face it, the sympathy of everyone but Arsenal fans was with the double-chasing scousers.

The odds were against us. Liverpool hadn't lost by 2 goals at home in donkeys years. But master tactician George Graham went there with a plan, and it worked.

Alan Smith glanced in a header early in the second half, and with the Liverpool bench in triumphal mode as the game entered the last minute, Arsenal launched one last attack.....

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Your stories

See this page for some (truly) entertaining Gooners' tales of 26th May 1989.

And please, if you have a good story from that night yourself, do send it to us. This will be a permanent archive.

Even the Arsenal cheered

A nice little piece from the Standard of 27th May 1999, celebrating Man Utd's treble by talking about Anfield '89.

Links

AFCi's Anfield 89 - Ten Years On
Lots of good stuff including: Smudger's memories of the night, Pictures, stats, wallpaper, stories, Mickey T factfile, & "where are they now"
* please note, this page seems to have disappeared, which would be a terrible shame. I have emailed the offciial webiste to find out if it's still archived somewhere.
Steve Gleiber's Arsenal history
Page 3 of the excellent history from Steve's site, featuring the climax to the 88-89 season. (If you don't know what this page is all on about, this is a good place to start!).
Hillsborough Justice Campaign
We all remember that day when re-arranged matches meant that the league came down to one last match between the top 2 teams. It was one of the best days of our lives. And yet who is there who doesn't wish it had never happened like that? The only reason this match was played so late on was because of the Hillsbrough disaster on April 15th. The HJC is still campaigning for justice for the 96, the inquest verdict of "accidental death" clearly leaves much to be desired.
Classic Last-Gasp Arsenal goals
Not content with the most exciting finish to a league season ever, Arsenal also won the most exciting finish to an FA Cup final (back in 1979 over MAnchester United). Read about this and other great last-minute feats on this special page.
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